I want to thank Riley/Elizabeth for inviting me to guest on Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, even though I write crafting mysteries, not food mysteries.
ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN, just released from Midnight Ink, is the first book in my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries series. Anastasia is the crafts editor at a women’s magazine. When she’s accused of murdering the magazine’s fashion editor, she becomes a reluctant amateur sleuth in order to find the real killer and prove her innocence.
Cloris McWerther, the magazine’s food editor plays Watson to Anastasia’s Sherlock, and Cloris’s skills in the kitchen are unparalleled -- especially when it comes to her baked goods. Since Anastasia is juggling recent widowhood, two teenage sons, a semi-invalid communist mother-in-law, her Russian princess mother, and a mountain of debt -- not to mention her dead husband’s loan shark -- she rarely finds time for breakfast before she rushes off to work each morning. Thank goodness Cloris is always whipping up something to-die-for in the test kitchen.
Cloris’s Mango Macadamia Muffins
CLORIS’S MANGO MACADAMIA MUFFINS
Yield: 15 muffins
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
1/2 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons melted butter, cooled
1 cup diced mangoes (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup chopped, dried mangoes
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon chopped macadamia nuts (unsalted)
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin tins. Place liquid ingredients and egg in blender and mix together at low speed. Fold in mangoes, dried mangoes, and 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts.
In a separate bowl mix together remaining ingredients except for the tablespoon of chopped macadamia nuts.
Fold the mango mixture into the dry ingredients until evenly blended.
Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Sprinkle remaining macadamia nuts over top.
Bake 20 minutes. Cool 5-10 minutes before removing muffins from pans. Enjoy!
In celebration of the release of ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN, Lois is doing a blog tour throughout January. You can find the schedule on her website, http://www.loiswinston.com, and at Anastasia’s blog, http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com. Everyone who posts a comment to any of the blogs over the course of the month will be entered into a drawing to receive one of 5 copies of ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN. (If your email isn’t included in your comment, email her privately at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know you’ve entered.) In addition, she’s also giving away an assortment of crafts books on selected blogs during the tour, so look for those as well.